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2009 Subaru Forester Problems and Repair Histories

157 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Subaru Forester. 63 of these members (40.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 158 repairs to 2009 Subaru Foresters--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2009 Subaru Forester problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Subaru Forester problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 Subaru Forester problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2009 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

19% of the 2009 Subaru Forester repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 29% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 23% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 158 repairs.

2009 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Subaru Forester repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 50% between $100 and $499, 31% between $500 and $999, and 8% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 26 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2009 Subaru Forester problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 1000    
1000 10 Overhead light assembly wires squeaked against housing. Added separators and silicon lubricant to reduce noise. 
4000 0 HVAC blower motor generated clicking noise after warmup. 
4000 0 Clicking HVAC fan motor. This was replaced per warranty. 
6000 0 Rebuilt upper light console with silicon components, and added silicon seal between headliner fasten point, holding snap, and metal roof assembly, to get rid of creaking due to temperature changes. 
6000 0 Dealer added additional door insulation to stop rattles but damaged driver door tweeter in process. Followup appointment was scheduled. Rear fender paint gravel shields too small. TSB authorized larger ones as replacements. Technician damaged new parts on installation. Service writer scheduled 2nd install with body shop (covered by warranty). Loaner vehicle to be provided. Larger paint gravel shields successfully fitted and installed. 
7000 0 Paint has worn off inside of drivers armrest. Service provider took picture, is requesting feedback from service manager as to whether paint is warranty item. 
7000 0 Paint had worn off inside of door arm rest. Arm rest was replaced. 
22300 0 Side airbag brackets causing clunks/rattles in rear of vehicle. Dealer performed TSB to correct problem. 
25000 0 Gas cap broke and no longer sealed tank, causing check engine light to come on. Was replaced under warranty - no further problems with fuel system. rattles under rear seat. bolts tightened, rear seat realigned. 
29000 0 Left front visor was not staying in position. Visor was replaced with improved model. Rough shifting transmission. Was told Forester transmissions often become rough with wear and that the shifting fell within factory specifications. 
30000 0 Transmission shifts had become excessively rough. Reset transmission controller to default state so it could relearn shifting. Transmission shifting reverted to what it was when car was new - relatively smooth. 
43000 0 brake light in rear replaced 
52000 0 rattles from rear interior of vehicle, mainly when rear of vehicle went over bumps. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 0    
12000 0 Car would turn over but would not start. Towed to dealer, where it promptly started up. Dealer checked charging system, but made no repair. Problem has not occurred since. 
60000 0 Repaired loose exhaust heat shield 
67000 28 Sway bar links were worn, replaced. 
85000  
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 0    
7000 0 Went in to have the ipod jack fixed, it had never worked since the day the car was purchased, apparently a wire had not been correctly connected so they fixed it for free and it works fine now 
28000 0 The stick shift frequently sticks and refuses to go into reverse. Dealership says that it's just the nature of the transmission and there's nothing they can do. 
 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 0    
7440 0 Sometimes a crackle noise when in cold conditions, but cannot be replicated very easy. Will see what happens next winter. 
21700 0 Factory CD player sometimes lost track of cd's (what song it was at before I turned vehicle off) then would go back to the start of cd when vehicle turned on. Very random when it happened but annoying. CD player replaced. 
48980  

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 0    
3000 0 Front doors were rattling madly. Dash making noises. Car clanks and creaks loudly when turned off. Clicking in steering wheel when running rear wipers. Voices on radio sound buzzy. 
16000 200 Driver manual door lock stopped functioning. It would lock with the electric switch but not the manual. Determined that it was detached. Puddle lights were stuck on all the time rattle near glove box that comes and goes Rear wiper was repeatedly and predictably going into full speed when various electrical things were used and when car was turned off and on while they were on. Shop couldn't replicate and problem has stopped. 
16000 0 Central control unit was replaced after puddle lights staying on all the time and 1 not lighting. All keys were replaced to work with new control unit. 
18000 0 center armrest fell apart. I took it to dealer and they snapped it back together. Nice side effect was that one of the mysterious rattles went away with the re-assembly. 
20000 43 musty smell out of air vents 
32000 0 puddle light was replaced as it was out speakers cutting our or playing at VERY reduced volume. new radio head unit has been ordered Auto dim mirror compass no longer working. New mirror has been ordered. 
34000 0 Compass was not working. Mirror replaced. radio speakers were cutting out or playing at very reduced volume 
56000 400 running rough, flashing engine light, traction control off light was on. Found nothing. Going home from the shop the check engine, cruise control, and traction control lights on. Went back in and the catalytic converter was replaced. Replaced spark plug wires and ignition coil 
56000 0 Puddle lights out AGAIN. This time there was a recall on the car and they were replaced AGAIN 
82000  
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 0    
12000 0 squeaks and rattles 
 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 0    
1000 0 Drivers side door lock stopped functioning. Froze in either locked or unlocked position and was unable to either open door, or lock it once closed. Dealer determined the linkage between lock control and door lock became disconnected. Drivers side-view mirror is significantly distorted. After dealer ordered replacement mirror, it was determined that the factory producing the mirrors is having an issue and no good glass is available. Will replace when good part is available. 
20000 0 external temperature sensor failed. Was replaced under warranty. List price was $150. 
47000  
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 0    
1000 0 Rear Speakers inoperative. Speakers still not operating when radio in enhanced surround sound mode. Will be contacting manufacturer. 
2000 0 Radio replaced, rear speakers work, but sound is unsatisfactory. Spoke to manufacturer and they stated "that's the way the radio workss". nothing they can do right now. Subaru is going to try to get a better answer from Panasonic, the radio manufacturer. 
 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 8680    
9300 0 Rattle in passenger door. 
9300 0 Rattle in driver's door, rattle around the middle rear safety belt device. 
9300 0 Replacement of the Bumper Rear step pad (stainless steel)that was not glue well. They also scratch the bumper paint when they try to take off the bumper step pad and had to paint the bumper. 
19840 0 Engine lost power. erase memory of TCM and ECM, idle learn AT transmission learning. Runs much better now. Even better than new. Rattle in the dashboard near radio and ventilation exit under radio. 
29760 0 Rattle in the dash. Same problem occur in the last part of 2009. Even now, I have to go again tomorrow.The rattle still exist. 
33480 0 Rattle in the dash: attach correctly the loose part 
37200 0 Rattle in the driver's door 
42780 0 Bushing stabilizor bars (warranty TSB), crack in the windshield, crack in the fog light,  
77500  
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 0    
4000 0 Tire pressure sensor light on despite tires correctly inflated; shop reset sensor system computer and light went out. 
22000 0 Leaking seal on front axle at transmission - seal ordered. Chrome peeling from badge on rear of car - replacement ordered. Badge replaced - replacement looks fine. Transmission seal on front axle replaced and leak was eliminated. CD player in audio unit not working. New unit ordered and will be installed when it arrives. 
50000  

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